Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel – Little Mermaid

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I love “The little mermaid” by Hans Christian Andersen. My parents had to read it to me countless times, even though I´d always end up in tears.

Mind you, although it is what inspired Disneys “Arielle”, the original story only bares slight resemblance to that movie. It is much darker, full of death and blood and loss.

 

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel
Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel

 

Ah, you´ve got to love the old stories, told to prepare children for the cruel and dangerous world they were facing!

The little mermaid never gains the love of the prince, nor does she get an immortal soul or a functional human body. Though trying, mute and in constant pain, to win his love, the prince marries another woman. When offered the opportunity to kill him (and his bride) to at least regain her mermaid self, she decides to die instead, turning into sea foam and becoming a daughter of the air.

Wouldn´t count as a happy end, don´t you think? Seeing the story as a transformation, innocence first, then the catastrophy and in the end your changed self, formed by what you experienced, is what made me think of it right now.

Why? Because the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel goes through three different stages as well. Without the loss, pain and blood though, promised!

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Flora Mare Skin Energizer – Fleur de Sel

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Ah, France! The land of fromage, vin rouge and apparently best projection screen for skincare fantasies.

Don´t you agree? French skincare is as much a myth as French food, and while I am a fan of both (a cheese plate is life!), I´d advise you to take the things said about them with a grain of salt.

Probably a grain of Fleur de Sel de Camargue, to stay on topic.

 

Flora Mare Skin Energizer
Flora Mare Skin Energizer

 

So what if I tell you that the Flora Mare Skin Energizer not only contains marine extracts, but that these extracts are actually harvested in France, at the beautiful Atlantic Coast? Add some peptides and platinum to the mix and you have the modern version of a skincare fairy tale.

I at least was immediately eager to slather myself in the green goodness the Flora Mare Skin Energizer provides. Preferably with a side of Bûcheron.

But French phantasies aside, did the product convince?

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Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum – Not an INCI blog

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I am NOT a skincare guru.

It is incredibly flattering when my blogging buddies call me that, and I am happy and grateful for everyone reading here and trusting my reviews, but I would never (ever!) claim that title for myself.

You see: This is NOT an INCI blog. I am not a chemist, nor do I have any experience working in the industry.

 

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum
Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

 

I am a doctor, and even though I have read a ton of scientific publications and dermatological textbooks, I would be lost if I had to come up with my own formula.

While I do think that I know more about skincare than the average person (even more than the average beauty blogger), I am still not an expert in this field, as blogs like Lab Muffin tend to teach me.

There is still so much to learn, and until I know everything, being called a skincare guru simply feels wrong.

So keep that in mind while reading my review on the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum.

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La Roche Posay Serozinc – When in Paris

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Whenever I set my foot on french soil, there are three things on my to do list:
Eat, visit Sephora and enter a pharmacy to buy a six month supply of La Roche Posay Serozinc.

 

La Roche Posay Serozinc
La Roche Posay Serozinc

 

If you read at least one Beauty Blog, I am sure you already have heard the praise.
Everyone keeps talking about this annoyingly hard to get toner, a miracle in a blue spray can.
Is it worth the hype?

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Taking the day off – my evening skincare routine

While my mornings are all about an efficient, streamlined routine (if you fancy taking a look, click here), in the evenings I really like to take my time. Being a new mum with Mr Loca working crazy hours, this tends to be the me-time I get on an average day and I try to make the most of it.
Not in order of appliance (is that even a word?)
Wearing SPF and make-up on a (almost) daily base, I make sure to give my skin a proper cleanse. No matter how late it is and how tired I am, I just can´t just go to sleep without that. The thought of the days grime clogging my pores, feeding the bacteria and causing wrinkles and zits leaves me so itchy, it makes me get
up at 3 am, after I fell asleep on the couch trying to read and get on with my full on routine.
I just wish, I had that discipline considering exercise.
Or sweets.

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Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser – The not so foaming face cleanser

Back in the day, I was all about foaming cleansers. I longed for the squeaky clean feeling they can give you, and if anyone would have told me that the oils on my face were actually important for my skins balance, fighting the signs of aging and protecting it against bacteria I would not have believed it.
Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip
Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip
Looking back, it seems very eighties: Effective, strong, uncompromising.
But this is 2014, and my preference has changed. Not only am I no longer wearing neon triangle earrings (I know they are back fashion wise, I just choose to ignore it), but I have also gotten into balm and (heaven forbid) oil cleansers!

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The leaking miracle – Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector All-in one BB Cream

Featured in the last installment of New In (read here), Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector for oily and combination skin was what I wore on my face the last weeks to give you a thorough review.

Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector in light

Daylight, not blended.

 

 

Here is what Garnier claims:

“Our oil-free BB cream blurs pores and imperfections, evens skin tones and boosts your natural glow. Contains SPF 20 for UV protection, ultra absorbent perlite + mineral pigments. Non-comedogenic, oil-free.
Immediate results: Gives a radiant matte finish. Pores appear less visible, imperfections appear minimized.
Results after 4 weeks: Skin looks less oily, pore appearance is minimized, imperfections appear visibly reduced, skin radiance is improved.”

 

The facts

It is 9,99 for 40 ml at Boots and there are two shades available: Light and Medium.

I got shade light, and as with most drugstore bases, truly fair skinned girls will find this way to dark. For your reference, I got matched NC 20 at MAC last winter, and can pull it off due to my summer tan. It oxidizes al little on me, getting a warmer and a tad darker within the first couple of minutes.

It is fragranced and I notice a plastic smell when I apply it that disappears quickly.

The formula is quite runny, which leads to the first and most annoying thing I noticed about the packaging: It leaks.
When first opening it and turning the tube upside down the product just started dripping into my sink. When you close it, even when you screw the lid on really tight, you will end up with the product all over the place.

 

The formula

On a positive note, the formula is really lightweight, as you would expect after it just leaks out of the tube, and sits on the skin really nicely. I apply it with my fingers (as they are already messy from opening the tube *sigh*) and it sets within a few minutes, leaving me without a sticky or silicony feeling. It is one of the bases you almost forget you are wearing.

Although it is this lightweight, the coverage is quite impressive for a BB cream. One application leads to a medium coverage, easily buildable by applying another layer where needed. Of course, you will never get red carpet proof full coverage, but if you were to go to the red carpet, you would probably choose a different base anyway.

 

The finish

The “radiant matte finish” Garnier claims is actually quite nice. Definitely matte, but not flat, it keeps your skin looking natural. If you are really oily though, you will have to set it with powder or blot throughout the day, as I tend to do in my T-Zone.

Enough blabbing, on to the pictures:

 

No foundation, concealer (except for the under-eye area), powder, blush

 

One layer of BB Cream, second layer on problem areas, no concealer, no powder, no blush

 

As Garnier makes no claims concerning the staying power, I did not have high hopes. And rightly so: After looking into the mirror (or in this case, camera lens) after 4 hours of running errands and carrying around the Little Bean, I discovered it was mostly gone.

After 4 hours, no touch-up, no concealer, no powder, no blush

 

It tends to last 2-3 hours on me, disappearing nicely. No creasing, no settling into my fine (*cough*) lines, no patchiness.

 

So what about the claims

As far as the immediate results go, I agree. I like the finish, it does a good job at covering imperfections and doesn’t emphasize my pores.
And the long-term benefits?
Nope. I have been using it for about 4 weeks and my skin looks pretty much the same. But to be honest, the only active ingredient you get (apart from moisturizers) is sun screen, so I had not expected it to live up to these.

 

Will I repurchase?

Hm, let´s see.
I really like the texture, the coverage and the finish.
Also, I think you get good value for your money.
But the color is too dark for me come winter.
The staying power is just too short, as I can not be bothered with touch-ups during the day.
And, to be honest, the leaking drives me nuts. Whenever I use it, it gets all over the place.
The answer is no.

 

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